Motors and Music---the Great American Love Affair
It’s a specifically American love affair: engines and music. It was probably captured best in the George Lucas film, “American Graffiti,” in which the music was almost more important than the actors.
Half Moon Bay’s Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show is honoring that tradition this year with several seminal musical acts.
Kicking things off on the main stage at 10 a.m. is the dynamic band, Andy Santana and the West Coast Playboys. And "Watch Your Step" isn’t just Santana’s new CD. According to Living Blues Magazine, it’s just a good reminder that this music is going to set you jumping, moving, grooving, and swooming.
Based in Santa, Cruz, Santana, now signed to the Delta Grooves Recording label, has long distinguished himself in the blues community. He’s known as a commanding, fat-toned harmonica player in the tradition of George Smith. His guitar picking brings to mind such Texas greats as Gatemouth Brown and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. And if that doesn’t convince you, just listen to guitarist Rusty Zinn, who produced three of the new album’s tracks: "Andy Santana’s vocals totally lack affectation, but are soulfully sincere."
Taking the stage at 11:30 a.m. will be another bluesman, the innovative, amazing Chris Cain. His authentic vocals, soulful guitar, and singular piano skills are known at top blues clubs throughout the country. He’s regularly referred to as "the real thing," "sophisticated," and even "humble." At the age of eight, Cain began teaching himself how to play guitar. Well before the age of 18, he was playing professional gigs. He put the polish on his training at San Jose City College, where his jazz studies slowly wended their way into his bluesy upbringing. The result is a distinctive and award winning sound that sets this musician apart.
Hitting the stage at 2 p.m. is the 9-person powerhouse headliner known as East Bay Mudd. This horn-heavy, funk-inflected, rhythm & blues, too-cool-for-school ensemble will rock you right back to the best of Tower of Power, Chicago, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and beyond. Every member of East Bay Mudd comes from a storied background, playing with chart-topping bands in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. These are what you’d call "real musicians," folks.
"We’ve put together a great music lineup that will rival the quality of the world-class machines on display," said entertainment director Grant Walters, a longtime supporter of the event beneficiary, the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.
In keeping with a long-standing Dream Machines tradition, festivalgoers can expect to see special surprise guests take the stage thoughout the day.
So accent your skydivers, your warbirds, your monster trucks with some monstrously good music at this year’s Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport.
MUSIC STAGE SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, APRIL 30
|10 am to 11 am||The Andy Santana Band|
|11:30am to 1:30 pm||The Chris Cain Band|
|2 pm to 4 pm||East Bay Mudd|